Johann Caspar Aiblinger

Johann Caspar Aiblinger was born at Wasserburg in Bavaria, Feb. 23, 1779.

His compositions are much esteemed, and performed in the Catholic churches of South Germany.

In 1803 he went to Italy, and studied eight years at Vicenza, after which he settled at Venice, where in conjunction with the Abate Gregorio Tentino he founded the ‘Odeon’ Institution for the practice of classical works. In 1819 he was recalled to his native country by the king, wrote two ballets, and was appointed capellmeister of the Italian Opera at Munich, until 1823, when he conducted the court music.

In 1833, however, he returned to Italy, and resided at Bergamo, occupying himself in the collection of ancient classical music, which is now in the Staatsbibliothek at Munich. His whole efforts to the end of his life were directed to the performance of classical vocal music in the Allerheiligenkapelle at Munich, erected in 1826.

His single attempt at dramatic composition was an opera, ‘Rodrigo e Chimene’, 1821, which was not successful. The bravura airs for Mme. Schechner and for Pellegrini were much liked, but the piece showed no depth of invention.

In church music, however, he was remarkable happy; his compositions in this department are in the free style of his time, written with great skill, and full of religious feeling, tuneful, agreeable, and easy melody, and exactly suited to small church choirs. They consist of masses, some requiems, graduals, litanies, and psalms, with accompaniments for orchestra and organ, published at Munich, Augsburg, and Paris (Schott). Aiblinger died May 6, 1867.